AGE GAP

Heather Ashibende - posted on 11/06/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 9yr old son has refused to grow up and wants to be treated like his 3yr old brother.
Some tips please on how to make him grow up without making him feel like I dont love him as much as his younger brother?

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[momoftwo] - posted on 11/06/2013

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All I do is play with them both at the same time, it does make it hard because of the age difference though. And when my 5 year old acts like a baby since I have baby food that I've never used I jokingly go grab the grossest sounding baby food (usually the custard type one) and start opening it and say "ok is baby hungry? Sit in your chair" and she stops instantly. Her and I laugh about it as I keep insisting that it's "really good" but she all of a sudden insists on acting like she's 5 again LOL :P
I think she gets jealous of her little brother but from the start I've explained babies need a little more attention than bigger kids. And we don't love her any less. Just have a talk with your son, I understand it is hard though.

Kaitlyn - posted on 11/06/2013

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if there are certain things he's allowed to do that his little brother isn't, i'd stop letting him do those things and tell him if he wants to act like a 3 yr old that's how he'll be treated. its tough love but it's probably the nicest way to get through to him without straight out telling him to grow up

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